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, abraham lincoln and dr. king too two amazing american icons you want to take their bibles and remove them from the ceremony. >> i much prefer dr. king's writing on the letter from the birmingham jail where he talks about the white church standing on the sideline mouthing trivialalities and pyes irrelevancy while he does the work of the civil rights movement. >> bill: you must know that dr. king invoked god in almost every speech that he made. >> article 2 section one of the constitution which lays out the oath does not say anything about the word so help me god. it says i will preserve to the best of my ability, preserve, defend and protect the states period. it's kind of ironic that the president is going to amend that in the middle of it. >> bill: do you know why george washington wanted the words god so help me god in? do you know why? >> george washington did not say so help me god. the first recorded instance is 1801. >> bill: if you look at his inaugural address it's peppered with references to god. george washington has -- >> -- washington -- >> bill: peppered, go ahead. >> washing
conversations you had with dr. martin luther king. tomorrow is mlk day. it couldn't be a more appropriate day i'm sure you would feel for barack obama's second inauguration. in those conversations he felt there may be an african-american president, first black president in the next 40 years. you didn't think it would happen in your lifetime. >> that's true. i'm so excited. i'm so happy about my country that we are growing up. >> how do you think the president -- >> we're growing beyond our ignorance. >> how do you think he's done in his first term and what would you like him to do more of in his second term? >> well, i think he's done the best he could. i think that there were a number of people who as soon as he was elected put their feet down, their heels into the earth and said no matter what he does, no matter how good he is, i will not support him. i will resist his attempts to make our country better. i think he was surprised because he had been elected with such fervor and such excitement. i don't think he expected to have such resistance. i know this from what i've seen so far. he's int
, martin luther king jr. we will pause to remember dr. king's birthday and i'd like to bring in andrew young the third, former civil rights leader and ambassador andrew young. good to see you, sir. >> hey, craig, how are you doing? >> great. your father is a long time friend and confidant of reverend king. what have you learned from your father, and also, his generation as well? >> you know, i think that it is very important that we as americans today give each other a faith-saving way out, and that is one thing that my father was adamant about throughout his life is that when you have an opponent and have indifferences about a subject, that you give your opponent a way out. to keep his dignity and that is how you create change, and that is what dr. king and my father and dr. lowrie and others did during the civil rights movement when they were fighting bigotry. and unfortunately, that is what the president obama is going to to have to learn to do with the go gop. >> what are your thoughts as we get ready to see president obama sworn in for a second time tomorrow? >> i think that it's
day. it's not just dr. king's birthday celebration, but it's also the 50th anniversary this year of his historic speech during the march on washington, the "i have a dream" speech. and since this president been elected, there is a memorial to dr. martin luther king jr. on the mall. it's not just abraham lincoln or washington or jefferson or roosevelt but also standing nearby martin luther king jr. and it says something for our nation that we're going to create a beloved community, we're going to create a society that is free of racism and bigotry and no one will be left out or left behind. doesn't matter whether you're black or white lashgs tino, asian-american, native american. it doesn't matter where you're straight or gay. dr. king legacy is saying that we are one people, we are one family, we are one house. we make up the american house, the american family. >> amen to that, representative john lewis. thanks for your time. >> thank you. >> in a moment, the big three on how president obama can bridge the political divide in washington. ♪ [ slap! ] [ male announcer ] your fav
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and we should remember that since 1968 when dr. king was assassinated and robert kennedy was assassinated, we have lost 1,300,000 americans to gun violence where they have either killed themselves for killed other people. what is this obsession and this romance and cultural addiction to guns and to violence? just look at that, this is more american gun deaths of our killing ourselves and other people than all of the battle deaths in every war we have been in since the revolutionary war, and we must confront it. it is -- and our poor children are the ones who are the most affected, because they are t terrified trying to go to and from school and now it has happened to all of us. >> and it feels like this point, and it feels like we know that there are solution, and when i haer you talk, part of me feels like, oh, this is so huge, and yet, when we look at the poverty rates by age, right, and we look at sort of the elderly are much less poor now than they once were and they are much less poor now, because we actively intervened and you can look at the poverty rates across time by age and you
more than anyone american history are dr. king and president lincoln so for me to have the opportunity to be sworn in using the bibles these two men that i admire so deeply on the 150th anniversary of the emancipation and 50th anniversary of the march on washington is fitting. >> for the official swearing in today, he use the the family bible that is for his wife's family. and vice president biden was sworn in a few hours before because justice sotomayor had to leave to catch a plane to be in new york city this morning for a book signing. i bet her book has gotten a push in sales after the talk about her going to the bush signing. >> her agent did a good job scheduling that. >> preview of the second term in tomorrow's inaugural address? >>reporter: he has big themes to focus on from the idea the nation should come together we have heard in many addresses before and a call to action saying citizens should still be engaged with the political system long after the campaign has ended. republicans are saying today they think other signs from the president such as the defiant tone at the new
on holidays like this. the federal holiday honoring the birthday of dr. martin luther king jr. today on that holiday swearing in the nation's first african-american president, not for the first time, but for the second time, it marks a different kind of milestone. because in winning his second term, let it be known that this was not a fluke. our country did not just pick our first black president by luck because he was just the democratic who happened to benefit from a national recoil and backlash against what was widely viewed as a rather disastrous republican presidency that preceded him. the country did not just choose barack hussein obama to be president. the country chose barack hussein obama to be president twice. we picked him again a second time after watching him in action for four years, and then having a very good chance to pick a new guy instead. this will never happen again. barack obama will never run for office again. and we do not know who will succeed him as president in four years. but the honoring of the office of presidency today, again, entrusted to him, will for
of recognizes dr. king's birthday and commitment to that agenda. we were at the church service and the agenda i don't think i've seen a president do for civil rights leaders and later on had a private reception at the white house. >> how was his mood? >> very upbeat and hopeful. i think his speech was about him setting a tone for where he saw the rest of the century going. i don't think it was about four years for him. he's giving a vision. he thinks in terms, when he talks to us, about kennedy talking about the new frontier or johnson about the great society. i don't think everything he addressed yesterday was about everything he wanted to legislate, about where he sees the country going, his vision. >> an eye towards history. >> i think that's how he saw the inaugural address and he effectively did it. i think his specific of the next four years is the state of the union and his vision of "i had a cream." >> and what you said in the white house was illuminating. >> while you're drinking, everything i said was illuminating. >> amen. don't you wish that people in the pews could be drinking on t
." a tribute to dr. martin luther king and the public service he did and the public service people are doing around the country. another big event to celebrate their voting power, fund-raising power and putting the president back in office for a second term. we saw a lot of notables, celebrities here, had a hans to talk with eva longoria, mario lopez and a very important moment, one that took place for the first time. you had the legendary cheetah rivera, both of them singing together at the same time. it really brought the house down, chita rivera and rita moreno. the vice president was also in the house. people thought perhaps he was not only celebrating an inauguration but perhaps looking forward to a run in 2016. a lot of excitement, a lot of passion here at the kennedy center. i'm suzanne malveaux. back to you. >> wow. our thanks to suzanne and brooke. soledad, that's what we missed while we were sleeping. >> it looked really, really fun and really, really great. >> it did. >> let's talk about the supreme court justice sonia sotomayor. she'll be taking part in today's ceremonies. yester
. and as we think about not so much inauguration, but we think about the fact that this is dr. king's birthday that we're going to be celebrating this weekend, i'm always reminded that he said everybody wants to be first, everybody wants to be a drum major, but if you're going to be a drum major, be a drum major for service, be a drum major for justice, be a drum major for looking out for other people. >> watch coverage of president obama's official swearing-in tomorrow morning at 11:55 eastern here on msnbc. and then watch msnbc for all day coverage of the public inauguration ceremony on monday. >>> today is the final day of the u.s. conference of mayors winter meeting. nearly 300 city leaders from around the country gathered in the nation's capital where the big issues have been gun control and climate change. joining me now, minneapolis mayor, also vice chair of the dnc. nice to see you. thanks for joining us. >> good to be back, alex. >> when we look at the huge issue of climate change, are individual cities capable of making a real difference? >> absolutely. our city has for 11 years been
presidential inaugural weekend burks also a celebration. a couple of days early, of dr. martin luther king, junior. president obama and his family went to an elementary school in washington to help with a school makeover project there. here you see the president and mrs. obama staining a book shelf. the president spoke to the volunteers on this project. >> as i look around the room, i see friends from all across the country, people who have been such great supporters of ours, but more importantly, everybody here, adults to children, understand the importance of giving back. >> the vice president and his family also participated in the national day of service. they filled care packages for deployed servicemen and women. mr. biden said the troops overseas need to know that we back at home remember them. rick? >> rick: hundreds much people turning out on the national mall for this day of service. what did they do? >> they were numerous booths set up under a huge tent on the mall for people to do on site service projects such as make cards for hospitalized and foster care children, or create a
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